Greetings from The Springs! I know. You thought that I was finished announcing our college graduates, but there is one more. Jessica Bonet Hester will graduate from Truett-McConnell College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Great Commissions. Commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the Truett-McConnell College Gymnasium in Cleveland. Pastor Terrell brought her up before the church on Sunday as he told us about her accomplishments including that she was a member of the Fast-Pitch Softball Team. Jessica told me after church that we will go on to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. She is the daughter of Matt Hester and the late Lisa Taylor and the granddaughter of Mother Dorothy Taylor. Congratulations!
The Union Springs Baptist Church Youth Department Drama Team will be presenting, “The Resume of Jesus Christ.” This production will take place on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Morgan County High School Auditorium located at 1231 College Drive in Madison. Admission is free, so please come out and enjoy these young people honor the Lord with this stage play. I’ll see you there! Save the date for “Music in the Park” sponsored by the Morgan County African-American Museum on June 14 in downtown Madison, GA from 6-10 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Be there or be square!
The Morgan County branch of the NAACP has rescheduled the Black History Parade for Saturday, May 31. Hopefully, the weather will be nice because I know that they are expecting a large crowd. Missing but not in action. That describes Shaunice Baker, daughter of Tony and Jamie Baker, on Sunday. She is a member of the Moja Dance Studio – Christian Dance Theater and had a performance at Center Stage located at 1374 West Peachtree Street (Midtown) in Atlanta at 3 p.m. Shaunice, along with 80 students, responded to the “social media highway” that projects things and situations bigger than life. Through dance and acting they declared that God is larger than any report that you will ever receive. Shaunice has been a member of this dance program for several years, and when you see her, encourage all of her efforts to praise the Lord. We had another powerful lesson during Wednesday Night Bible Study.
We continued our series on “Results of a Fast” and we examined Daniel chapter 10. Pastor Terrell explained to us that this 21 day fast that Daniel did was really a 21 day abstaining from bread, meat and wine. However, for him it produced great spiritual insight, he was able to see spiritual warfare and the answer to his prayer was sent even though it was held up by evil forces. It was a supernatural experience for Daniel to be able to see all that was going on in the spirit. Remember that our homework is to read Daniel 10 again. I must tell you that if you missed service on Sunday, May 18, then you missed one of the best sermons that Rev. Terrell has ever preached.
We basically looked at the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 8 which shows us how God will place us in position to get what we need as long as we don’t forget His church. Pastor Terrell stated fear of failure has us paralyzed. We must get on the Lord’s side and get our stuff in order with Him. It’s time to move to the next level! Deuteronomy 8 begins with a promise that we will live and multiply. Not just to survive, but to live. God must keep His promise and He cannot lie. All that we have to do is live by the Word. In the past few years, what we went through was so that God could humble us so that we would not get caught up in pride. God, by His strong hand, was showing us that He is in charge. He allowed us to go through and suffer need to humble us, but when our backs were against the wall, He gave us some manna just as he did in verse three.
God was revealing to us that we can’t rely on our job, company, career, momma or daddy. Our help comes from the Lord! No matter what, He will take care of us. God let us suffer so that we would trust Him. In verse four, we see that even the clothes of the children of Israel did not wear out nor did their feet swell during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Pastor Terrell said that this was a quiet blessing. Consider it this way. You may be praying for a new car, but God keeps that old one purring along just fine. As he moved along in the sermon, Pastor Terrell pointed out the reason why we thank God for our food. Verse10 reads, “When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shall bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.” Praising God for your food; another quiet blessing.
The reason for this is that when you thank the Lord for the small things, you will praise Him for the large things. He provides everything for us no matter how much money we earn. When we learn to praise Him for the small, we can’t help but to praise Him for the large blessings! Now, as the Lord blesses us when we “Hast built goodly houses… and when thy herd and thy flock flocks multiply, and thy silver and gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast multiplied,” don’t forget God. When God has brought you out, the only thing that can mess you up is forgetting about Him. Rev. Terrell ended his message with this. God wants us to live by His Word in faith.
We can’t get caught up with stuff. In the roller coaster of life, don’t fail to praise the Lord. Don fail to give the quiet blessings. God wants to bless us! When we trust Him, He will not fail us. He will make us more than conquerors! In the last half of verse three, Jesus quoted these same words when He was going through the wilderness at His lowest point. “Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.” When you are low, quote His Word. Start living by God’s Word! Glory Be to God!